Watch as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi explains why she is having portraits of past Speakers of the House who later served in the Confederacy removed from public display in the capitol:
While I understand the sentiment there is no reason to remove and “cancel” the history of our nation.
People need to know about the good and the bad, even if it hurts their feelings or makes them uncomfortable.
PELOSI: “Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a day that we have observed as a day of freedom in our country, a day that people in the West found out about the Emancipation Proclamation.
In observance of that I’ve sent a letter — you will see — to the clerk of the House directing the clerk to remove the portraits of four previous speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy.
We didn’t know about this until we were taking inventory of the statues and the curator told us that there were four paintings of speakers in the Capitol of the United States, four speakers who had served in a Confederacy.
So tomorrow, Juneteenth, the clerk will oversee the removal of those Confederate speakers from the House.
As I’ve said before there’s no room in the halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.
You have to see the remarks that they had made and how oblivious they were to what our Founders had in mind in our country.
We must lead by example.”